Forests

With 80 per cent of the planet's ancient forests already lost or degraded, the need for increased protection of the world's remaining forests is more urgent than ever. Forests help stabilize the climate, sustain life, provide jobs, and are the source of culture for many Indigenous communities. Greenpeace opposes destructive and unsustainable development in the remaining ancient forests in Canada and globally. To effect positive change and put lasting solutions in place, we challenge the global marketplace, engage consumers, pressure governments and work with industry to protect the Boreal Forest, the Great Bear Rainforest and the Indonesian rainforest.

Boreal Forest

Stretching from coast to coast, the Boreal forest is one of the largest tracts of ancient forest in the world, encompassing more than half of Canada's landmass. It is a diverse and awe-inspiring landscape of granite outcrops, lakes, rivers and marshes, interspersed with pine, spruce, aspen and poplar forests. It is home to hundreds of First Nations and other communities, as well as threatened iconic species such as woodland caribou and wolverine. 

Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear rainforest represents one quarter of the world's remaining coastal temperate rainforest. It stretches along the mainland coast of British Columbia to the Alaska border and covers an area the size of Switzerland. The Great Bear rainforest is home to the rare white Spirit Bear, salmon streams and dozens of First Nations communities. Once wholly threatened with large-scale industrial logging, Greenpeace continues to work to ensure that the 2006 and 2009 Great Bear Rainforest Agreements are implemented for the rainforest's long-term protection.

Indonesian rainforests

Greenpeace campaigns to prevent the reckless destruction of Indonesia's remaining rainforests. We are doing so to protect endangered wildlife like the Sumatran tiger and orangutan, to support forest communities, and to stop greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. One of the leading drivers of this forest destruction is Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL).

Clayoquot Sound

British Columbia’s Clayoquot Sound is an ecological treasure of regional, national and global significance. Its mountains, valleys and islands represent Vancouver Island’s largest intact ancient rainforest. Home to 45 known endangered, threatened and vulnerable animal species, Clayoquot’s forests are an invaluable haven for wildlife. In the early 1990s, Greenpeace joined fellow environmental groups, the region’s First Nations and the public to protect the intact old-growth rainforests of Clayoquot Sound from logging. However, despite increased protection, many of these ecologically intact areas remain unprotected and are still vulnerable to logging today.

The latest updates

 

The Guardian Tree a big hit at Montreal’s Nuit Blanche

Blog entry by Alice Grandcolas | March 3, 2014

As an intern and volunteer I had the opportunity to help organize the #StandForForests event on 1 March during Montreal’s Nuit Blanche. It was part of an amazing project that I’m happy to tell you about it. After weeks of...

CBC’s The Current: Resolute, Greenpeace and SLAPP suits

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | February 21, 2014 1 comment

Proposed anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) legislation in Ontario continues to make headlines. And now the CBC’s The Current, with guest host Rick MacInnes-Rae, put the spotlight on Resolute Forest Products’...

In the Spirit of Kindness - Guest Blog by Jess Housty

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | February 19, 2014

As senior forests campaigner for Greenpeace on the Great Bear Rainforest, it has been a privilege and a pleasure to get to know and work closely with many of the amazing individuals and communities that call that spectacular rainforest...

Changes to Park Act pave the way for industrial development in B.C. parks

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | February 17, 2014

When BC politicians all went back to Victoria last week for the beginning of another legislative session, they didn’t waste time forwarding their agenda.  Environment Minister Mary Polak proposed a short list of amendments to the...

Tie a green ribbon around your favourite tree!‏

Blog entry by Amanda Gomm | February 14, 2014 3 comments

I'm Amanda, an organizer here at Greenpeace and this #standforforests campaign is particularly close to my heart. You see, I have a deep-rooted love of trees. This passion for our world’s leafy giants goes back as long as I can...

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